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Biden applauds green jobs in Michigan

Midland, Mich. -- Vice President Joseph Biden said Monday in Michigan technological initiatives are required to put the U.S. economy back on track.

At a construction site in Midland, where Dow Kokam is building a factory to produce car batteries for electrically powered vehicles, Biden said, "If we just restored the economy that existed in 1995, that is not enough to lead the world."

Battery production at the site is expected to put 800 people to work, as well as provide 1,000 construction jobs to build the factory, The Detroit News reported.

Bourne's 'Swan Lake' headed back to NY

New York -- Matthew Bourne's production of "Swan Lake," which first played on Broadway in 1998, is returning to New York for a limited engagement, producers said.

Bourne directed and choreographed the production, famously replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a male ensemble.

Performances are to take place at Manhattan's New York City Center Oct. 13 to Nov. 7.

"'Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake,' the triumphant modern re-interpretation of the legendary ballet, turned tradition upside-down and took both the theater and dance worlds by storm when it arrived on Broadway in 1998 and went on to win three Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards," its producers said in a news release Friday.

Minn. woman wants her tortoises back

Forest Lake, Minn. -- A Minnesota woman said Monday she was in the 10th day of searching for her two pet tortoises, who ran away from home on a sunny day.

Chrystal Penney of Forest Lake put her plea out on, offering a reward to whoever helps reunite her with Ajia, a 7-year-old adult female Russian tortoise about 10 inches in diameter, and Granite, a slightly smaller adult male Greek tortoise about 5 or 6 years old, who vamoosed from their pen where they had been basking in the sun on the Saturday before Memorial Day.

"I'm very attached to my tortoises. They're like my dog," she told United Press International. "I want them back."

Fowler shares lead, Woods 7 back

Dublin, Ohio -- Rookie Rickie Fowler came within a shot of equaling his low round as a professional Thursday and shared the lead after 18 holes at The Memorial.

Fowler shot a 7-under 65 at the Muirfield Village Golf Club, tying Justin Rose and Geoff Ogilvie for the top spot.

Phil Mickelson was among those tied for fourth at 67, playing a bogey-free round on a course that yielded 48 sub-par scores on the opening day.

One of those who failed to break par was Tiger Woods, playing for the first time since he withdrew during the final round of The Players Championship because of a sore neck. Woods shot an even-par 72, making two birdies and two bogeys while opening defense of one of the six tournament titles he collected last year.

Stolen wallet back after 21 years

Norfolk, Va. -- A Virginia woman whose wallet was stolen in more than 20 years ago said it was recently found behind a wall at a church a few blocks away.

Vickey Rodgers of Norfolk said she was working at Rita Holland's dance studio in November 1989 when her wallet was stolen from her purse and she gave up on seeing it again until she received a phone call May 21, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday.

The caller, Aidee Alves, told Rodgers her husband found the wallet behind a bathroom wall that was knocked down as part of a construction project at the Oasis de Bendicion Iglesia Cristiana church.

Lindsay Lohan back in U.S., faces hearing

Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Actress Lindsay Lohan has returned to the United States following a trip to Cannes, France, which brought legal problems earlier in the week, officials said.

The 23-year-old actress missed a scheduled probation progress report hearing Thursday, claiming her passport had been stolen, resulting in a warrant being issued for her arrest, People reported Sunday.

After Lohan arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday she posted $100,000 bail, and Beverly Hills Judge Marsha Revel lifted the warrant.

A new hearing was scheduled for Monday. It is likely she will be ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet, People said.

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Hendry backs Piniella despite Cubs' woes

Chicago -- Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry said Monday he has confidence in manager Lou Piniella despite the team's poor start.

Hendry told reporters that despite winning only three games in their last 12 contests and being 5 1/2 games behind National League Central Division leader Cincinnati, Piniella's job isn't in danger, reported.

"Obviously, we're not playing up to our capabilities," Hendry said. "I've learned over time, you hire good people and let them do their jobs. I don't think there's any doubt we have enough good players to win more games than we have been. We're not here to play the blame game."

Bret Michaels is heading back to work

Los Angeles -- U.S. rocker Bret Michaels, who suffered a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage April 22, plans to resume performing this month at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Miss.

The show is scheduled for May 28.

"Michaels, who has been rehabbing since his release from ICU, has increased his rehabilitation sessions to twice a day to prepare for his comeback," said a message posted on his Facebook page Friday. "(He) is to continue on all of his solo dates as well as kicking off a tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd which begins June 10 in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the Cruzan Amphitheater."

Barrowman back as Patrick on 'Housewives'

Los Angeles -- John Barrowman, star of British television's "Torchwood," is to continue his recurring role on the U.S. dramedy "Desperate Housewives," ABC said.

"Gaby risks her safety to help Angie; Lynette's fate and that of her unborn child lie in the hands of Eddie; Susan comes to grips with her financial woes; Bree considers confessing a secret she's harbored for years; and Angie must submit to Patrick's demands in order to protect her son," the network said in a synopsis of the season finale.

Barrowman, who has played the menacing character Patrick in several episodes of the show, is to reprise the role in the season finale scheduled to air May 16.

Beckham: Return pushed back to November

Los Angeles -- British soccer star David Beckham said Monday he has pushed back the timetable for his return from an Achilles tendon injury to November.

During an appearance on ABC-TV's "The View," Beckham said his recovery from the ruptured tendon is taking longer than he had thought, delaying a return originally set for September.

"I won't be running for another three months, so I will be playing again in, probably, November," Beckham told ABC, meaning he will miss the MLS regular season for the Los Angeles Galaxy, perhaps returning in time for the playoffs.

Beckham suffered the injury in March while playing on loan to AC Milan. He underwent surgery, ending his hopes of playing for England in the 2010 World Cup.